Hudson farm owned by Rockefeller descendent
Katherine Donlevy reports for the Times Union that the Churchtown Dairy was founded in Hudson in 2012 by a fourth generation member of the Rockefeller with a major education component. “It’s really meant to be a place where people can come to discuss, learn, explore, reflect and hopefully come up with ways that we can develop a healthier society and community,” said Amy Gavaris, the farm’s deputy director of communications and programs. Abby Rockefeller the eldest daughter of David Rockefeller and Margaret “Peggy” McGrath — wanted the farm to be “a beacon for those working to promote organic agriculture and sustainable communities.” The 250 acre farm now includes 28 dairy cows and their calves, a beef herd and a handful of pigs, and 12 employees. The farm frequently hosts lectures, film screenings, performances, and other events. “We try to select things that relate in some way to what we’re doing. Typically it has to do with agriculture, soil, nature or something that’s relevant to what we do,” said Gavaris. On Oct. 10 the Churchtown Dairy hosts The Harvest Market with 24 local vendors selling their wares, from tomatoes and apples to cider and pizza as local musicians perform. “We’re very fortunate,” said Garavis. “We recognize and feel a responsibility because of the resources we have that that’s our purpose: to be a showcase.” Read more about this story in the Times Union.